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Webster 1913 Edition


Streak

Streak

,
Verb.
T.
[Cf.
Stretch
,
Streek
.]
To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Streak

,
Noun.
[OE.
streke
; akin to D.
streek
a line, stroke, G.
strich
, AS.
strica
, Sw.
strek
, Dan.
streg
, Goth.
stricks
, and E.
strike
,
stroke
. See
Strike
,
Stroke
,
Noun.
, and cf.
Strake
.]
1.
A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein.
What mean those colored
streaks
in heaven?
Milton.
2.
(Shipbuilding)
A strake.
3.
(Min.)
The fine powder or mark yielded by a mineral when scratched or rubbed against a harder surface, the color of which is sometimes a distinguishing character.
4.
The rung or round of a ladder.
[Obs.]

Streak

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Streaked
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Streaking
.]
1.
To form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different colors.
A mule . . .
streaked
and dappled with white and black.
Sandys.
Now
streaked
and glowing with the morning red.
Prior.
2.
With it as an object: To run swiftly.
[Colloq.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Streak

STREAK

,
Noun.
[G., a stroke or stripe. L.]
1.
A line or long mark, of a different color from the ground; a stripe.
What mean those colord streaks in heaven?
2.
In a ship, a uniform range of planks on the side or bottom; sometimes pronounced strake.

STREAK

, v.t.
1.
To form streaks or stripes in; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color or of different colors.
A mule admirably streaked and dappled with white and black--
Now streakd and glowing with the morning red.
2.
To stretch. [Not elegant.

STREAK

,
Verb.
I.
To run swiftly. [Vulgar in New England.]

Definition 2023


streak

streak

English

Noun

streak (plural streaks)

  1. An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    The picture I took out the car window had streaks.
  2. A continuous series of like events.
    I hope I can keep up this streak of accomplishments.
    I was on a winning streak until the fourth game, where I was dealt terrible cards.
  3. The color of the powder of a mineral. So called, because a simple field test for a mineral is to streak it against unglazed white porcelain.
  4. A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella.
  5. A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
    She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
  6. (shipbuilding) A strake.
  7. A rung or round of a ladder.

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Verb

streak (third-person singular simple present streaks, present participle streaking, simple past and past participle streaked)

  1. (intransitive) To have or obtain streaks.
    If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To run naked in public. (Contrast flash.)
    It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
  3. (transitive) To create streaks.
    You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
  4. (transitive) To move very swiftly.
  5. (obsolete, Britain, Scotland) To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.

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